Noah way! Trevor to host 'The Daily Show'

Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart on 'The Daily Show' at the end of next season.

Trevor Noah tweeted this photograph of himself and Jon Stewart when he made his first appearance on ‘The Daily Show’ on 4 December 2014. Picture: Twitter @Trevornoah

JOHANNESBURG - South African comedian Trevor Noah is to take over from Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show.

The Daily Show confirmed the news on their Twitter account:

Very excited to welcome our next host: @Trevornoah! That's right - another guy in late night from Soweto.

The New York Times reported that Noah will replace Stewart on the world-famous show at the end of next season.

Noah, who's appeared on the Daily Show three times, told the publication that he was taken by surprise when he got the news.

He took to Twitter to express his views on the announcement:

No-one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!

The Soweto-born comedian rose to fame during the 2010 World Cup with several television appearances and later through his own live comedy shows in South Africa and abroad.

Stewart announced his retirement last month after 15 years as the host.

Stewart said, "I'm thrilled for the show and for Trevor. He's a tremendous comic and talent that we've loved working with…In fact, I may re-join as a correspondent just to be a part of it!"

He took over from Craig Kilborn in 1999, and led the series to two Peabody Awards and 18 Emmys.

Comedian Loyiso Gola on Monday said Noah was perfect for the show.

"I want to wish him all the best. This is one of the biggest gigs in comedy as a whole."

Noah made his debut on the Comedy Central satirical news show in December last year and seemed to be a hit with the crowd.

He joined The Daily Show as a contributor and is reportedly the first South African comedian to appear on both The Tonight Show and the Late Show with David Letterman.

WATCH: Trevor Noah on the Daily Show: Spot the Africa.